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Bankruptcy judge set to hear pilots, American Airlines arguments Tuesday
WPLG-TV ^ | 9/4/12 | Glenna Milberg

Posted on 09/04/2012 4:42:17 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

Allied Pilots Assoc. wants judge to turn down American Airlines' cost-cutting plan

The American Airlines management will attend a hearing in New York on Tuesday and ask a judge for permission to end its pilots' union contract, impose pay cuts and alter working conditions. The airline’s actions and expenditures must be approved by a judge while the company is in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

The Allied Pilots Association hopes to persuade a bankruptcy judge to turn down American Airlines' plan to throw out the union's contract. The union hopes the judge will require the airline to give fresh reasoning and evidence that their new business plan needs such a strong measure.

"We think it's a big mistake for American Airlines management to do that. Morale is at an all-time low and that's certainly not going to help any," said Howie Schack, speaking for the Allied Pilots Association, the union representing American's pilots.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: airlines; labor; union
The pilot union apparently doesn't want to walk hand in hand with its brothers and sisters...the other unions agreed to concessions in order to keep the company viable.

The real loser is the consumer...Obamugabe's war on oil and his onerous regulations on airlines is crushing competition and only allowing the largest carriers to have a chance.

Obamugabe REALLY DOES hate small business.

1 posted on 09/04/2012 4:42:24 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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"We're looking to get the same contract as United and Delta pilots have right now, even in bankruptcy because the pilot cost really isn’t the main issue,"

Good plan! Try to get a wage increase when your company is almost totally out of business. Some of you union idiots are going to be sitting at home, unemployed, saying: "Yah, but if I was working, I'd be making $240,000/year!" Some other AA workers will be saying: "You want fries with that burger?" Idiots...

2 posted on 09/04/2012 4:49:47 AM PDT by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
This is not a matter of keeping American viable. The reason the pilots are not playing the game like the other labor groups is they are working with the executive team from US Airways, who they see as a sort of White Knight. American Airlines pilots are some of the lowest paid commercial pilots in the US, and even with a merger, working for the largest airline in the world, they have already agreed (with US Airawys) to wages far below their counter parts at Delta and United.

So, it's not about not saving AMR, it's about merging and making a new American Airlines.
3 posted on 09/04/2012 5:34:34 AM PDT by Tzfat
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To: SoFloFreeper

Actually, as AMR is local to me and as I know several current and former AA pilots, I am watching the proceedings with a similar mindset as the Eastern Front of the European theater in WW2 - I wish there were some way that both parties to the struggle could end up losing.

Neither party is honest, and both have some well-grounded reasons for distrust of the other that have nothing to do with “management” or “labor” but plain old jerka**ery. As far as I am concerned, I hope the court fires all of AMR management AND all the pilots. Both have much to answer for.


4 posted on 09/04/2012 6:01:38 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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